D is for Dream

I tend to dream
About many things in general,
From past schoolmates to teachers,
To the first time I played Nintendo
They are usually short lapses and happen in a flash,
Like the one time I dreamed of having Jimmy Kimmel teach class
Sometimes it’s nightmares and other crazy stuff,
As when my father was on a raft and rats were eating him up
I’ve been sent to scary castles and tested the waters,
Even got a job at Tuxler’s and saw my five future daughters
There was the gothic girl in the locker,
And a bloody sliced throat,
Me riding my bike,
And some reptile on a boat
I sat down with Kimye at a table one day,
And a guy was wearing a watch and someone said, “Are you gay?”
Ran through the store, hip-hopped through cement,
Had a gun pointed at me and used a toy to defend
I don’t know why I dream
These deliriously daffy dreams,
But it seems as if they come about
In response to not just one thing
And as the TV went missing,
And creepy Karl Childers came abrupt (mmm…taters),
I realized dreams are
Quite messed up

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C is for Coca-Cola

“What’s red and white and black all over?”

“I don’t know, a painted zebra?”

“Everyone in Japan drinking a Coca-Cola.”

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Coca-Cola is a soft drink that probably has the most storied history of any nationally recognized brand. It was invented by Dr. John Pemberton in May 1886 in his backyard and sold only a few days later in the local drug store. One of the interesting things about this drink is that up until 1905 it actually contained trace amounts of cocaine, hence the “coca”, and the original recipe contained kola-nuts. It was originally used as a medicine to treat ailments. Here is an interesting video I found on YouTube for Coke:

Movies that have featured Coca-Cola in scenes:

  • The Mystery of the Leaping Fish, 1916
  • The Breakfast Club, 1985
  • Body and Soul, 1947
  • Dr. Strangelove, 1964

Other inventions that start with the letter C:

  • Cabbage Patch Kids – invented by Xavier Roberts in 1976
  • Celsius thermometer – invented by Anders Celsius in 1742
  • Cash Register – invented by John Ritty in 1883
  • Cellophane film – invented by Jacques Brandenberger in 1908

Haiku for Coca-Cola:

Streaming red and white

Refreshing like crashed on waves

Movie superstar

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A is for Auto-Tune

“Wow, you sounded really good in that song, dude! I didn’t know you could sing so well.”

“Me neither, until I got Auto-Tuned.” Ba dum tsss!

Auto-tune, that musical remedy that many of us despise, was invented by Dr. Andy Hildebrand in 1997. The first song to be commercially produced with it was, interestingly enough, Cher’s 1998 hit “Believe”. Since then, Auto-Tune has greatly created a blur between singers who naturally sound good and ones who sound better when the software is used on their voices, such as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. One of the most popular things on YouTube right now is Auto-Tuned videos, ranging from viral news clips to Barack Obama speeches turned into songs such as this one:

Other songs known to have used Auto-Tune:

  • “One More Time” – Daft Punk
  • “These Streets Will Never Look The Same” – Chromatics
  • “Love Lockdown” – Kanye West
  • “Impossible Soul” – Sufjan Stevens

Other inventions that start with the letter A:

  • Air conditioner – invented by Willis Carrier in 1902
  • Air bag – invented by General Motors in 1973
  • Aluminum foil – invented by Charles Martin Hall in 1910
  • Aqualung – invented by Jacques Cousteau & Emile Gagnan in 1942

And a haiku for Auto-Tune:

Auto-Tune my voice
It sounds ten times better now
But fake as wood dolls

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